The Hillsboro County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office said Monday it is investigating the death of former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
Jackson, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Homewood Suites in Brandon, Florida. Police said there were no signs of trauma and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.
According to hotel staff, Jackson, who lives in South Tampa, checked into the hotel on Jan. 11 and has been staying in a room ever since.
Jackson’s family said he was missing Wednesday and a formal report was filed Thursday, but police found Jackson in his Homewood Suites Friday. The missing persons case was dropped after Jackson’s well-being was confirmed.
“My heart aches for the many loved ones who left Vincent Jackson, his wife and children, and the nation of Buchanan who worshiped him,” Said in a statement. “Mr. Jackson is a dedicated man who has put his family and community above all else. Football aside, he has touched countless lives through his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation. We shared an interest in supporting military families. Appointed a Vice-Chancellor by the County Sheriff’s Office, not only football fans across the country, but also the people of Hillsborough County benefited from his generous contributions.
Jackson’s “Action 83 Foundation” tweeted at the time that Jackson’s “wife and family are all asked to respect their privacy.”
Jackson last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL in 2016, where he spent the final five seasons of his career. He ranks fourth in licensing history with 4,326 receiving yards and 10th with 268 receptions.
He played his first seven seasons with the Chargers, picking him up in the second round of the 2005 draft (61st overall). The owner is ranked eighth in history for touchdown receptions (37) and 10th for receiving yards (4,754).
In a statement, Chargers said the team was “shocked and deeply saddened” by Jackson’s death and praised him for working with military families since his retirement.
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– Los Angeles Chargers (har chargers) February 15, 2021
Overall, he had 540 catches for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns and was selected for three Pro Bowls in his 12-season career.